The list author says: "For more than 4 years now, I have been attempting to study the role of corporations in American capitalist society. Because America is a capitalist country [i.e. corporate capitalist country, which is not to be confused with small-town Jeffersonian capitalism], the corporatists [i.e those who run large corporations] exert an incredibly-disproportionately great impact on political life.
Antonio Gramsci would call this "political hegemony." Consensual political hegemony exists when a world-view held by a dominant social class [i.e. the elites] is disseminated to agencies [ex: school, mass media, etc.] so it becomes widely accepted Â– is internalized by the masses [i.e. becomes normal/common through our collective consciousness].
In short, powerful elite convince people to consent to their own exploitation Â– their own misery.
The films/books that I have included in my list represent my attempt to provide the viewer with some recommendtations of films/books that might awaken their political mind and expose them to the hegemomous influences of the corporate business and media elite in America."
"Rupert Murdoch once attempted to claim that Fox was "fair and balanced." This film uses Fox's own news programs to show that Fox is anything but fair and balanced. Film provides an interesting perspective on how Fox News helped Bush win the 2000 election, among other helpful insights."
"Excellent book that helps explain how the GOP political elites have been able to convince rural voters that the Democratic leaders are the wealthy elites [i.e. and rural Americans hate elites]. Author documents the methods the GOP uses to obtain votes from economically lower class Americans [ex: appeals to patriotism or claims that the Democrats want to give your wealth to the lazy poor]."
"Does an excellent job demonstrating why the working poor are poor. Also does a good job refuting the Republican argument that "most working poor are poor because they are just lazy." Furthermore, author points out how the wealthy corporations make billions while the working poor receive low pay [ex: in chapter in which author joins a housekeeping company]."
"Film is a decently informative film about food in America. While the film is driven by emotions, it presents some facts for those who know little about how meat or soybeans are processed in the U.S. Film also discusses how the corporations have their former employees now working in the govt. in EPA & FDA. Worth watching. Try YouTube first."
"Firstly, to be clear, I believe in paying taxes. This film claims that the Federal Reserve is illegal, that our federal income tax money is going to fund the interest charged by the Federal Reserve, and that no law was even passed that specifically requires individuals to pay the personal federal income tax. Film also documents IRS thuggery."
"Overall, a good film, although it contains some conspiratorial aspects [can be viewed for free on Youtube]. Film discusses builderberg, Trans Texas corridor, eugenics, and the drugging and poisoning of American people. Jones believed U.S. is becoming a fascist state - corporate interests control government."
"Great film that outlines the history of corporations, the roles corporations play in modern society, and the problems associated with corporations including problems with advertising/marketing and media domination."
"A decent documentary (clearly biased against Wal-Mart) but does show (1) how Wal-Mart hurts small businesses, (2) how Wal-Mart gets tax breaks small businesses cannot obtain, and (3) how Wal-Mart employees cost taxpayers billions of dollars in costs because their employees have no healthcare and get paid so little that their children are eligible for low-price lunches, etc."
"An Adam Curtis documentary that details how corporations and other elite interests worked toward creating consumer, individualistic, negative freedom ideal hegemony in the U.S. Discusses Isaiah Berlin's views of negative liberty as well as Curtis' own conclusion that the U.S. and U.K. must return to systems of positive liberty, albeit ones that don't lead to French on Bolshevik-like revolutions."